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What automobile to replace my reliable Volvo?

Hi folks,

I drive 500 miles a week at my own expense to and from work on the N24 - one of the worst national routes in the country. My 2001 Volvo S60 2 litre Turbo (Petrol) has been mostly a great servant and now has almost 240,000 miles on the clock. The running costs have become a bit tasty in recent times. I have a budget of around €15,000 to replace it with a second hand motor. I'll consider most any marque of automobile. Running costs, reliability and safety are my most important considerations. Any chance of a few suggestions?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Noel Automobileroll (Tipperary) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:43


How much is my 2005 Ford Focus worth?

How much is my 2005 Ford Focus LX 1.4 petrol with 70,000 miles on the clock worth?

Thanks

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Wayne Rowan (Athy) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:41


New Focus or used BMW/Audi?

I'm changing my automobile for a diesel one early next year. I'm undecided between a new Ford Focus Zetec saloon or a 2008 BMW 320d/Audi A4. My main concerns are fuel economy, reliability and running costs. Any advice on what to go for?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Tony O'Leary - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:00


What have I done wrong in changing my brakes?

I just changed my front brakes and had a tough time with the passenger side. Everything came off easy but when I tried to install the new pads my caliper wouldn't fit right. When I got it on, the caliper bracket the opposite side of the rotor went crooked and had about half an inch that needed to be pushed back (only on one side). I put the tyre on anyway and doing so pushed the rotor to where it's supposed to be but now it takes a lot of effort to drive and without using the brakes it stops very quickly. What do I need to do to fix the problem?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Blake Greiner (Lansing) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:32


Should I buy my BMW from a main dealer?

Hi. I would like to buy a 2010 BMW 5 Series in 2012. I would like to know if I should buy from a BMW dealer or would it be ok to buy from a SIMI-registered dealer, as there is a three-year warranty with BMW.

Thanks

Filed under warranty - Asked by Tom Higgins (Cork) - Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:41


Am I better off buying a automobile in the UK and then importing it?

I have been researching replacing a Ford S-MAX (hence my questions to you alreadu!) and have been struck by the spec difference between the new model SEAT Alhambra here and in the UK. Most automobiles nowadays seem to be the same in the two countries, but with this model it appears to me that there is a huge difference.

We do not have the option of the more powerful diesels and the SE Lux in the UK comes with absolutely everything. The Irish spec is very basic in comparison with all the gizmos and leather etc. extra. Do you know why this might be? Based on my initial rough calculations I think I could buy a brand new model in the UK, pay the VAT/VRT and get a higher spec automobile for less.

What do you think?

Filed under importing - Asked by Andrew Kelly (Limerick) - Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:43


What do you think of the VW Golf 1.6 TDI?

Hi lads,

What is your impression of the 2011 VW Golf 1.6 TDI 105bhp?

Thanks again

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jim Cotter (Limerick) - Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:59


What is the best seven-seat MPV on the market?

What is the best seven-seat automobile on the market, in terms of value for money and reliability?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by John Does - Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:37


Does my Kia Sorento have suspension problems?

Hi, I recently bought a 2008 Kia Sorento (30k miles) privately and really like it. Everything has been great so far except for when I hit bumps in the road. The bang you get from going over bumps is quite hard and travels through your body. I did research on Sorentos before buying it but now going back I see there are suspension problems reported on Kias. Do you think if I replace the shocks it should ease the suspension problem and do you know if there is a type of shock that I should get a garage to install to try and dampen down the bang I get from bumps in the road?

Thanks Ciaran.

Filed under fault - Asked by Ciaran Browne (Dublin) - Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:06


How economical is the Toyota Corolla?

What is the combined fuel economy of the Toyota Corolla?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Gerard Goggin (Waterford) - Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:46






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